How To Feature On The Most
Influential Websites In The World
But you must also go where the people are. If you have a presence on the most important sites
on the internet, more people will find you. The current list of most influential sites
in the world from
Read, Write, Web include: Wikipedia, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Google, MySpace, Facebook, Apple.
How do you get on these sites? The big guns on the internet have been around for years or are ce-
lebrities. It‘s taken me around 18 months to build a small, but growing, online presence, so don‘t ex-
pect to get there overnight. But here are some useful posts to read around why and how you can use
these influential sites. The brilliant thing is – they are all free!
Being a writer is a business. If you write books or articles,
you want people to read them and preferably pay you for it. It
would be fantastic if lots of people paid you for writing because
then you‘d be Stephenie Meyer, but we‘ve all got to start some-
So how do you get readers? One way is to cultivate small
groups on niche websites, speak in person, communicate with
individuals on social networks and maintain your own quality
blog and web presence. All this is definitely important!
Wikipedia: Everyone is using Wikipedia now for online research. It has
been shown to be as correct as the Encyclopedia Britannica
, and a re-
cent interview with Jimmy Wales, the founder, discusses accuracy
. Here is a
useful article on writing effectively for Wikipedia
. I am in the process of try-
ing to write my own Wikipedia page so I‘ll do a post on this when I have
learnt it myself!
Next, the social networking sites. If you doubt social media at all, read this first => Writers
need social media, and social media needs writers
YouTube.com: Now you can get a cheap Flipcam or iPod Nano with video,
it is easy to get on YouTube. You can also use your webcam for a static pic-
ture, or build your own video using stills and music. Here‘s a post on how to
build your own Book Trailer
using free software MovieMaker. I have been
doing a series of videos on my NaNoWriMo experience
which have just been
one take with my iPod Nano. And of course, the poster boy for video is Gary
Vaynerchuk, whose 10 book deal for Harper Collins I discuss here
Here‘s my YouTube channel
if you want to connect.